A debate about breeding between equine charity leaders and the proprietor of the UK’s largest abattoir will take place at the 2014 National Equine Forum.

Held at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers on March 6, the forum will raise the topical question – do you need to breed?

Each year the event aims to raise awareness for matters pertinent to the equestrian community through its presentations and debates.

With the abandonment and neglect of horses reaching crisis point in the UK, equine charities are being inundated with serious welfare cases.

Chief executive of World Horse Welfare, Roly Owers, will open the debate with a frank look at the reasons for breeding horses.

Chairman of the National Equine Welfare Council (NEWC) and head of welfare, education and rehabilitation at Redwings Horse Sanctuary, Nic de Brauwere, will then explore what lies in store for problem horses.

To close the session, Steven Potter of Potters Abattoir will discuss the role of the horse meat industry to equine standards of welfare.

This year’s programme also includes a panel of prestigious speakers from government, equestrian sport and veterinary science, covering a range of topics including:

  • legislation and the racing industry
  • Defra’s perspective on the equestrian industry
  • the role of an equine database as an effective means of communication
  • the challenges facing horses in the 21st century
  • the global growth of horse sport

Tickets are available to equestrian trade delegates and equestrian professionals for £100 per person, which includes lunch and refreshments throughout the day.

For a copy of the full programme and for further information, visit www.bef.co.uk

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